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-- are food story and if you are eating right now you might want to put that fork down.
You know what's in -- meet specific only your Turkey.
Consumer reports says your Turkey may be crawling with disease causing bacteria bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.
-- -- here to talk Turkey.
Consumer reports senior scientist senior site -- at such a great title Michael Hansen thanks for coming on Michael good to see you.
So what is -- like Turkey.
Well basically what we did is we tested 257.
Ground Turkey samples nationwide.
We looked for five different bacteria to that are pathogens.
Well three -- -- pathogens and to that are indicative of fecal contamination fecal contamination.
90% of the samples.
Had one or more of these bacteria and virtually all those were resistant to at least 1 -- antibiotic we also found on three of the samples MRSA.
This is that.
That's -- assistant -- staph Aureus.
And he had our -- that was on 69%.
80% of that was resistant to three or more antibiotics -- the reality here is almost every six I think every -- had something.
That you didn't want to say nine out of -- and we're talking here about rocked Turkey race that's correct so if I cook it really well we'll let go away.
Deep bacteria will go a way but some of the pathogens create toxins and there's the concern that there is this resistance because that can be swapped our -- Among bacteria.
And can actually cause problems for you OK one good thing we did find is that.
If the ground Turkey was labeled as organic no antibiotics are raised without antibiotics.
The bacteria that was on there.
-- less resistant with significantly less resistant to antibiotics so why should look for organic and other words organic or if it says no antibiotics or raised without antibiotics are writes it because when they have those antibiotics in their says -- Then what happens what goes -- well what happens here is most of these turkeys are often they put in antibiotics.
In did there.
Feed and water and they get it every day.
-- -- just when the not just when the birds are sick and so that selects for bacteria that are resistant.
You can then get those back Kerry if if you eat them but the resistance factors they can move into any bacteria within your gut and can actually be passed on -- pathogens.
Is it handling situation in the in the -- -- where these birds are raised and then killed admit is that what are part of.
Yep part of that is the situation where there are race because these -- you can have a 100000.
Crammed together the end conditions that are really good yes.
And they have to give them these antibiotics every day because -- animals are all stressed out and -- -- prone to get sick so what they do is.
It is for disease prevention.
As well as growth promotion we don't do that cage.
Humans you don't give any child and a class antibiotics because they might get disease.
You only treat sick individuals and that's what should happen with the animals.
So when you look at other kinds of media have you seen in similar situations similar stories stories Turkey worse than others.
Well I mean the level.
Pathogens that you see on Turkey.
Tend to be highest on ground Turkey compared to.
Other things for example.
Debt federal government allows up to 49 point 9% basically 50% contamination.
-- -- -- -- And it'll pass a government grade that's the highest for any other.
The -- -- -- say it should be no more than 12% and perhaps -- It's.
So it's it's a matter of government regulations.
Not being as tight on -- as it is on other.
-- and there's also the problem that these industrial positions these in these industrial ways that they -- turkeys and chickens.
Helped to create these kind of conditions you would think that giving them all these antibiotics would make it lasts but not the case Michael thanks for coming on really interesting stuff we appreciate your time.
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